A Villa Rica man was convicted Monday of strangling a 55-year-old woman, stealing her car and leaving her body along the side of a Douglas County road, authorities said.
Eric Jackson Greene, 42, was found guilty on counts of malice murder, felony murder and theft by taking, Douglas County Assistant District Attorney Steve Knittel told AJC.com. His trial lasted a week, and it took the jury less than two hours to come to that verdict.
On Jan. 25, 2019, Douglas County deputies received a call after someone discovered the body of Sheila Bryant just off West Union Hill Road near Ephesus Church Road, AJC.com previously reported.
Her autopsy, which was performed by the GBI, ruled the death a homicide and said strangulation was the cause. Investigators found that she was killed at another location and left on the side of the road.
Greene was arrested the following month after deputies found him driving the woman’s car in Paulding County. He was already considered a person of interest in the case.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.